Book Review: The White Oak by Kim White

Title: The White Oak (Imperfect Darkness #1)
Author: Kim White
Pages: 136
Publisher: Story Machine Studio
ISBN: 132940014205108
Source: Netgalley

In The White Oak, the first book in the Imperfect Darkness series, Cora Alexander is pulled through a sinkhole and enters the underworld still alive. Her living presence threatens the tyrannical rule of Minos and the Infernal Judges who have hijacked the afterlife and rebuilt it, trapping human souls in a mechanical, computer-controlled city that lies at the core of the earth. To survive, Cora must rely on her untrustworthy guide, Minotaur, an artificial intelligence. She is helped by a mysterious voice, and by Sybil, underworld librarian and author of each person’s book of life. When Cora’s own book is destroyed, Sybil gives her a golden pen and sends her into the City to begin writing her own destiny. Along the way, she reunites with the ghost of her dead brother, Lucas, a genius programmer who alone is capable of finding the chink in Minos armor. This fast-paced adventure begins, and ends, in the middle of the action; introducing the characters, themes, and mysteries that find their resolution later in the series.


The first few pages of this book started with a boom. The readers immediately plunges into the story and it didn’t stop there until the very last page. The White Oak is a dual POV story switching between Cora to Lucas whilst Cora is alive in the underworld, Lucas is undoubtedly dead. Yes, Cora is still alive while in the underworld and that lies the big (?) and mystery in  the novel. There is a bigger picture in this series and The White Oak was a great teaser to start it all.

As I said, the moment you started reading the book you’ll be sucked into the story immediately. While switching POV between Cora and Lucas regarding the current situation, you’ll also be reading about the backstory of the two which is a good thing because some books don’t do this making it more confusing to follow a story.

Greek mythology is heavily incorportated in the story and I love Greek mythology. I think that’s one of the reasons why I loved reading The White Oak to begin with. The writing was awesome – smooth, though I think some people might not enjoy the dual POV BUT in all fairness to the author, you’ll definitely know who’s speaking at the moment. It was also a quick read, it was around less than 150 pages in my Nook which is a plus for me. Short enough to enjoy and get hooked and long enough to grasp what the series is about and what to expect from the following books. And add that gorgeous cover, who would be interested right? Highly recommended indeed.